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'Blessing of the Bicycles' Sends Angels to L.A. Bike Lanes 'Blessing of the Bicycles' Sends Angels to L.A. Bike Lanes

'Blessing of the Bicycles' Sends Angels to L.A. Bike Lanes

by Rosalie Murphy

May 19, 2013

"There's no question that we've got a long way to go, but what a road we've travelled," Backstrom said, accepting the award on his behalf.

The blessing marks day two of Bike Week 2013, a Metro-organized celebration encouraging Angelenos to strap on helmets rather than seat belts. Yesterday was Fix Your Bike Day, and pro-bike organizations citywide sponsored workshops and demonstrations. Wednesday, guided rides depart from destinations citywide—including a seven-mile Ride of Silence for cyclists killed on the road.

"The more people, the more safety, because it creates more awareness among motorists," Feuerlicht said. He bikes to work at least a few times a year, and this week, every day. And LADOT hopes to open 150 bike lanes over the course of this year. 

But let's start this week. Try a guided ride tomorrow. Celebrate Bike to Work Day on Friday, and get free rides on most public transit when you carry your bike or helmet. This weekend, take your bike shopping and get discounts at these local businesses. And if you're nervous, bring a friend—and Sister Alice's prayer to your guardian angel:

Angel of God, my guardian dear,

to whom God's love commits me here,

ever this day be at my side

to light and guard and rule and guide.


Photos by Rosalie Murphy for

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'Blessing of the Bicycles' Sends Angels to L.A. Bike Lanes